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Mueda speaks at the 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference

Ms. Rose T. Mueda, a member of the Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS), Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas was the sole speaker from the Philippines to speak at the 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition - the world’s leading event dedicated for the tuna industry held on May 28-30, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Themed “Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry, the three-day conference held at the Shangri-la Hotel took a close look at the latest developments and ways to ensure a sustainable tuna fishery to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It covered a wide range of topics on resources, fisheries management, markets and marketing, products and quality developments, new technology, trade and food safety as well as sustainability, eco-labelling and environmental issues.

Mueda, one of the 45 invited conference speakers, specifically delivered a talk under the session on recent innovations and trends in technology for the tuna industry. Mueda spoke about Tuna By-Production Utilization, which addresses one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development set by the United Nations. Citing the case of the by-products generated from tuna jerky processing, she discussed how tuna by-products from fishery resources could contribute towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of these, according to her, is through the use of technologies that can be used to transform tuna by-products as co-products for human consumption, food supplements, source of bioactive compounds and functional products, and animal feeds among others.

She said that researches on by-product utilization from fish processing operation like tuna jerky, canning, freezing and other related processes could contribute to warrant reduction of food loss and waste along production and supply chains.

Mueda ended her presentation by giving emphasis on the importance of creating inclusive and sustainable innovative products utilizing tuna by-products. She also stressed the need for sustainability of quality supply for a long-term operation.

“Stakeholders along the supply chains must cooperate in terms of volume and quality requirements of the by-products depending on the transformation processes and to give importance on its traceability,” she noted.

Organized by the Department of Fisheries of Thailand, INFOFISH and partners in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the conference was attended by around 630 delegates from 60 countries around the globe. At least 40 exhibitors featuring the latest tuna products, services and technology development participated in the exhibition. (With sources from R. Mueda)

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